Bachelor’s in Public Health Administration

Public Health focuses on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting human health through organized efforts that help the public make informed choices. Public Health covers a wide range of sociological, scientific, and mathematical approaches and seeks to improve standards of living and inform and enhance healthcare policy. 

Peirce College's Bachelor's in Public Health Administration was developed in partnership with advisors at the World Health Organization (WHO), Yale University, the University of Washington, and the University of North Carolina, and equips students with the analytical skills necessary to develop, implement and lead public health policies.  

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    Careers in Public Health 

    Peirce's Public Health Administration program prepares students for a wide range of career options, including:

    Healthcare Administrator
    Median salary:  $104,000
    Job forecast: 32% growth
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 

    Environmental Specialist 
    Median salary:  $73,000
    Job forecast: 8% growth
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Social & Community Service Manager
    Median salary: $69,000
    Job forecast: 17% growth
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Health Educator
    Median salary: $48,000
    Job forecast: 13% growth
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    This is a small sample of the occupations that Peirce's Public Health Administration program can prepare you for.

    COVID-19 has underscored the need for public health professionals who can help plan responses to outbreaks and other health emergencies. Public Health is an ideal field for those interested in helping others. 

    As a student, you will work with our career counselors to explore more options based on your interests and goals. 

      Program at a Glance:



      Transfer Credits:

      Up to 90 transfer credits can be applied to this degree


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      See how you can finish this degree for about $20,000

      Per Credit Tuition:

      $600 per credit

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      *Tuition is based on current Peirce College tuition and does not include fees or books.

      Bachelor’s to Master’s:

      Up to 12 graduate credits can be earned for this program at the undergraduate rate that also apply to the MS in Organizational Leadership and Management.Learn more.

      Learning Outcomes

      Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Administration, graduates will be able to:

      1. Apply concepts and applications of basic statistics
      2. Apply the foundations of biological and life sciences and the concepts of health and disease
      3. Examine the history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society
      4. Apply the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice
      5. Examine the concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations
      6. Describe the underlying science of human health and disease including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course
      7. Examine the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities
      8. Apply the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation
      9. Describe the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the US health system as well as the differences in systems in other countries
      10. Describe basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of health care and public health policy and the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government
      11. Apply basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology


      B.S. in Public Health Administration Curriculum

      For course requirements and prerequisite information, refer to the individual course descriptions in the College Catalog.

      Bachelor of Science Degree Curriculum - Minimum Total Credits: 121

      PRCPRC 100 or PRC 101*1
      BIS 111Application Software Fundamentals3
      COM 112Speech Communication3
      COM 312Practical Reasoning3
      ENG 101English Composition3
      ENG 103Rhetoric and Research3
      HUM 102Introduction to Ethics3
      HUM/HISHumanities/History Core (choose 1)3
      MAT 102College Algebra3
      MAT 109Statistics I3
      PSY 101Introduction to Psychology3
      SCI 240Anatomy & Physiology I3
      SCI 250Anatomy & Physiology II3
      SOC 240Sociology of Behavior and Illness3
      GEN EDGeneral Education Core (choose 1)*3

      PHA 101The History of Public Health**3
      PHA 120Community Health Education and Promotion3
      HIT 200Statistical Applications in Healthcare3
      HCA 210Healthcare Delivery in the US3
      HSL 201Basic Helping and Counseling Skills 3
      HCA 220Cultural Awareness for Health and Human Services Professionals3
      HCA 240Healthcare Law and Ethics3
      MIS 302Project Management3
      HCA 320Public and Community Health3
      HIA 340Health and Human Services Research Methods3
      PHA 350Health Services** 3
      PHA 360Epidemiology**3
      HIA 400Healthcare Data Analytics 3
      HCA 445Healthcare Economics3
      HCA 460Health Policy3
      PHA 470Demographics, Geo-Spatial Mapping and Qualitative Research**3
      HIA 480Strategic Planning and Organizational Development in Healthcare3
      PHA 490Public Health Administration Capstone3

      Elective Courses 

      Student options: 

      • Choose 8 elective courses, OR
      • Chose 8 courses from one of the following Public Health focus areas: Human Services, Cybersecurity, HR Management, or Project Management

      The following can be also be applied to the Elective requirements:


      * Students who place into developmental education courses and/or who have fewer than 15 credits are required to enroll in the Student Success Seminar, PRC 100. Students entering the program without MAT 101 must take MAT 101 as the General Education Core requirement.

      ** Students will complete PHA 101, PHA 350, PHA 360 and PHA 470 through the RIZE consortium platform.  At the successful completion of each course, college credit for these courses is awarded by Peirce College. 

      Bachelor's to Master's & Grad Scholars Options 

      Bachelor's to Master's Program

      The Bachelor's to Master's Program allows qualified students in the BS in Public Health Administration program to earn credits that apply toward their bachelor's degree and a master's degree at Peirce College. The program can save students up to $10,000 in tuition and fees - as students pay undergraduate tuition for graduate courses - and a year of coursework.

      BS in Public Health Administration to MS in Organizational Leadership & Management

      - OLM 501 Foundations of Contemporary Leadership Theory and Practice
      - OLM 503 Applied Research Methods
      - OLM 511 Systems Dynamics and Change
      - OLM 521 Ethical Decision Making

      BS in Public Health Administration to MS in Healthcare Administration

      - OLM 501 Foundations of Contemporary Leadership Theory and Practice
      - OLM 503 Applied Research Methods
      - HCA 501 Introduction to Healthcare Administration: History, Economics, and Theory
      - HCA 510 Ethics in Healthcare Administration 

      Acceptance into the Bachelor's to Master's program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above at the time of entry. Students who finish their bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or above may proceed directly into their master’s degree program without completing the additional application process.

      Grad Scholars

      The Grad Scholars program allows qualified students to get a head start on graduate school by taking two graduate courses while still enrolled in the BS in Public Health Administration. The program can save students more than $400 per graduate course as students pay undergraduate tuition for graduate courses. Students can align their courses to the following Graduate Certificates.

      Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
      - ONL 520 Development & Philanthropy
      - ONL 540 Nonprofit Finance and Operations

      Graduate Certificate in Operations Management
      - OPM 520 Supply Chain Management & Logistics
      - OPM 540 Data Analytics

      The Grad Scholars Program requires students to have earned at least 90 credits and maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Students can apply to the program before they complete 90 credits. 

      Contact the Faculty Chair

      Questions? Contact Dr. Stephanie Donavan, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs.

      Apply to the Public Health Administration Degree Program Today

      “The COVID-19 pandemic revealed vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the nation's public health infrastructure.  Peirce College's Public Health Administration program is designed for students who want to make a difference in our public health system by informing health policy and equipping them with the skills necessary to address existing and emerging health threats and health disparities.”

      Dr. Stephanie A. Donovan
      Associate Provost, Academic Affairs

      Interested in a degree in Public Health Administration? Contact an Admissions Representative and get started with your application.

      You can also apply using our online application.

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